AR in the City - Live Panel Discussion


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Hosted by IEEE
15 May 2014
11:00am Eastern US

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During this panel discussion we will hear about AR projects from the point of view of software developers, engineering firms, building managers and city planners

Augmented Reality promises to be highly valuable for people who plan, build and manage urban spaces as well as those those who visit and live in cities. We will be able to see what urban developers have planned but is yet to be built, see the pipes and electrical wiring in the walls and tunnels below the streets. These services are on the roadmap for our cities, but many significant challenges remain.

During this panel discussion invited experts who have studied and are deploying AR technologies in buildings and complex engineering projects will share their experiences and insights. We will hear about AR projects from the point of view of software developers, engineering firms, building managers and city planners.

Our panelists will describe their current projects, and then share the obstacles they encounter and how they are addressing them. We will learn:

  • What type of data in the built environment is being used in today’s AR-assisted projects?
  • Which city services and processes are most likely to benefit from AR in the near and distant future?
  • What changes to city data management will most accelerate the development of AR-assisted services?
  • How do data accuracy and reliability impact the viability of AR-assisted city services?
  • What projects beginning in 2014 could become turning points the history of Urban AR adoption?



Mani Golparvar-Fard is assistant professor of Civil Engineering and of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his research focuses on computer vision sensing and augmented reality visualization for construction performance monitoring. His research in this area has been the recipient of the ASCE James R. Croes Medal in 2013 and FIATECH CETI award in 2014 and 2010, one Best Journal Paper, 3 Best Conference Papers and 3 Best Poster Awards. His work in the area of mobile augmented reality has been licensed and transitioned to industry, where it won an Innovation Award at CES 2013, attended by over 150,000 people, was finalist for the Technical Achievement award at the south by southwest (SWSW) Interactive, and was a top 3 for mobile in the Accelerator Awards at SXSW 2013.

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign external link


Graziano Terenzi is CEO at Inglobe Technologies. He has done research activity in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, especially with regards to the development of neural networks models of perception and language. He has dealt with research topics ranging from Interactive Design, Systems Science to Immersive and 3D technologies, Mixed Reality and Augmented Cognition. He taught Semiotics and Media Theory for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at some Academies of Fine Arts in Italy and he is author of several contributions published in international scientific journals and volumes. Graziano founded Inglobe Technologies where he deals with the development of cutting edge Augmented Reality software and solutions. Graziano is also managing consultant for Aviareal Llc, a company that focuses on the development of Augmented Reality solutions for the Aircraft industry. Currently Graziano's activities include the creation of a collaborative platform for Research Institutes and private companies in the field of Human-computer Interaction and development of a technology platform that enables the realization of Smart Buildings and Environments.

Affiliation: CEO, Inglobe Technologies external link


Dr. Charles Woodward received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Helsinki University of Technology in 1990, where Woodward and his team pioneered in developing easy-to-use 3D modeling and ray tracing visualization for industrial designers. During the years of 1991 through 2000, Woodward headed his spin-off company DeskArtes Oy in international software business, with product lines for 3D CAD and Rapid Prototyping. After joining VTT in 2001, Woodward was nominated Research Professor of Multimedia technology in 2004, and Research Professor in Augmented and Virtual Reality 2010. Woodward is also coordinator of EIT ICT Labs actions at VTT.

Throughout the last decade, Woodward and his team at VTT have produced numerous first-of-a-kind solutions for various Augmented Reality (AR) application fields, making them one of the leading AR solutions providers in Europe and the world. VTT’s core technology for both marker-based and markerless tracking is available as the ALVAR toolkit (A Library for Virtual and Augmented Reality). VTT’s AR application areas include: media and marketing, entertainment and games, interior design, industrial applications, and mixed reality interaction with virtual worlds. Woodward’s special research focus area is Augmented and Mixed Reality application in the AEC sector (Architecture, Engineering and Construction).

Affiliation: Research Professor, VTT external link


Moderated by Christine Perey - Christine Perey is a spime wrangler and evangelist with over 20 years of experience in new multimedia communications markets and technologies. She provides fact-based analysis and insights for strategic planning and market development to providers of Augmented Reality-enabled and -enabling products and services. Christine founded and leads the AR Community and serves on panels and committees dedicated to the advancement of Augmented Reality experiences in business and consumer markets. From 1993 to 2004, she was a leading advocate for personal video communications, working with prominent vendors to expand the market for use of video calling in daily life.

Prior to leading the personal videoconferencing industry, Christine was the publisher and editor of the QuickTime Forum and the founder/host of the QuickTime Movie Festival (1991-1993).

Affiliation: PEREY Research & Consulting external link